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Research commissioned by DCMS quantifies social impacts of culture and sport

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Research commissioned by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has helped to quantify the social impacts of engagement in both sport and culture.

It comes after the DCMS commissioned researchers from the London School of Economics (LSE) in order to gain new evidence of the link between DCMS policies and the social impacts of engagement in sport and culture.

The research found that sport and culture provide real health benefits with sports participants 14.1% more likely to report good health than non-participants and those engaging with the arts as an audience member 5.4% more likely to report good health. 

It also revealed that unemployed people who participate in sports are 11% more likely than non-participants to have looked for a job in the last four weeks.

In addition, research found that people who participate in sport are 3% more likely to volunteer frequently while sport participants gave £25 more per person in charitable donations over the last year.

"The social benefits of culture and sport are wide ranging” says the report.

"We found that a range of social impacts were statistically significantly associated with both culture and sport engagement.”

The report is the first of two outputs from the analysis carried out by the researchers. 

While the first report analysed the association between culture and sport participation and a range of social outcomes; the second will analyse the association between culture, sport and measures of subjective wellbeing.

To view the first report in full, Click Here 
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